Home Run: New Flea Market Brings Food Trucks to Dodger Stadium
Despite the ridic weekend heat wave, over 12,000 made it to the first Dodger Stadium L.A. Flea Market Sunday. Brought to us by the same folks behind the Melrose Trading Post, think of it as the Pasadena Rose Bowl's hip little sister who's not nearly as overwhelming, has awesome food trucks in tow (hello, non-expensive flea market food!) and will even make some space for local bands to show off their stuff...All for only $5.
To celebrate the market's grand opening, celebrity-donated items were auctioned off by former KIIS-FM radio host Rick Dees, who cracked cheesy jokes while the 10 a.m. crowd shopped their sweaty hearts out. The auctioned items included model Cindy Crawford's handbag, Tim Allen's "Tim 'the Toolman' Taylor" toolkits, boxer Oscar de la Hoya's gloves, singer/songwriter Jason Mraz's wall art, Dick Clark's retro radio and more.
It's pretty much your basic flea market with an even mix of high- and low-end and everything in between: Expect to find reasonably-priced vintage clothing and consignment store-priced booths, average thrift store knick-knack spots alongside antique store vendors, and the usual you-can-get-this-crap-at-the-99-cents store spaces a few steps away from those as-seen-on-TV booths. In the everything-in-between category, you'll find awesome handmade Etsy sellers, a Scientology booth, and tasty cookie vendors, among others. The market also includes spaces with items from various Southern California Salvation Army locations.
The food truck area is definitely one of the highlights; go on a hot day like Sunday and don't be surprised if the Coolhaus, Tropical Shave Ice or Del's Lemonade trucks have mile-long lines. For lunch, pick from Canter's deli, Dosa Indian food, Crepe'N Around, Ahn Joo Korean grub, Fishlips sushi and a whole bunch of other gourmet truck faves.
For those not yet all shopped out, there's a mini go-kart track, rock wall climbing and a giant inflatable slide.
The market also offers a $25 VIP service, which includes valet parking and "runner" staff who'll cart your heavy items to your car when you don't feel like carrying your awesome mid-century modern coffee table on top of your head in the heat.
Parking is free and $5 general admission begins at 9 a.m. Early Bird admission is at 7 a.m. and costs $10, and VIP admission is $25 with entry at 7 a.m., valet parking, runner service and access to the VIP restrooms and cool-off area. Children under 12 are free and "friendly" dogs are allowed.
The next flea market takes place on Sunday, August 29.